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EA PTIN account

PTIN is mandatory for all Enrolled Agents

Beginning in 2011, it became mandatory for Enrolled Agents to maintain a current Preparer Tax ID Number (PTIN).   It is necessary to have a current PTIN on your renewal Form 8554 in order to renew your EA status.  As of July 2020, the IRS increased the renewal fee for the PTIN to $35.95 (2017-2020 it was free to obtain or renew).

CPE credits reported to PTIN system

In mid-2012, the IRS began requiring CPE Providers, such as FunCPE, to report all CPE credits earned by any student that provides a PTIN to the provider.  Although our course system allows you to enter "none" in the PTIN field when registering for courses, it is most likely advantageous to have your CPE credit reported to the IRS.  

If you enter "none" in the PTIN field and "EA" in the professional license field during registration, we ordinarily will contact you, asking you for a PTIN.  We assume that an Enrolled Agent wants us to report their CE Courses to the IRS, but you can "opt out" by not providing your PTIN to us.

Viewing your CE credits on the IRS PTIN system

You can login to the IRS PTIN system to view your credit hours.  The current year hours are displayed, and prior year hours are available using a drop down menu.  The credits for 2012 are not displayed in your account because it was a partial year.

We have received a number of inquiries from EAs that were concerned that Tax Update courses were possibly not valid for EA credit.  Our Tax Update courses are fully accepted by the IRS for CE credit.  There is a potentially misleading message on the IRS PTIN website as follows (click on image to view larger size):


 EA PTIN account notice about Tax Update CPE courses


What this message means is that if you took an Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course, those credits are shown in the Tax Update category.  EAs cannot take the AFTR course for credit, as it is intended for non-credentialed tax preparers only.  We do mark this clearly (in red) on our website and have not had any EAs accidentally take this course.

If you did take the AFTR course, it would be marked with an asterisk (*) to indicate the credits did not count.

The AFTR course is part of a new program called the Annual Federal Tax Program (AFTP) the IRS initiated in 2014 to allow uncredentialed tax preparers to take CPE and be listed on the IRS website as a tax preparer with a "Record of Completion" of the AFTP.

Read "Should an EA get the AFSP" for more information to answer the question "does an Enrolled Agent need the AFSP credential?"


Yes we report your CE hours to the IRS We do report your CE hours earned to the IRS electronically.  We are an approved IRS CPE provider for Enrolled Agents and Tax Preparers.

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Which FunCPE courses quailify for EA CPE?

As per the rules outlined in Treasury Department Circular No. 230, qualifying Enrolled Agent CPE must be in the areas of:

Federal taxation |  Federal tax related matters |  Ethics (2 hours per year)

All FunCPE  tax courses qualify for EA CPE as well as all of our ethics courses.  You can:

Sign up for a tax package which includes ethics:

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Select your individual courses:

FunCPE exams are available online 24/7 to help you meet your CPE requirements on time. For the book based courses (under the Tax courses using books category) purchase books separately or borrow from library!